Get into Genesis with the Lexham Bible Guides

We all wish we could buy time, even just a few hours to get a project done. With the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection, pastors can essentially do just that.

From creation through the patriarch narratives, the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection empowers you to interpret some of the most difficult and important chapters of the Bible. Both volumes prepare you to immerse yourself in passages you’ve read dozens of times—and walk away with entirely new insights.

The Lexham Bible Guides direct you to the best commentaries for the subject you’re researching. The Genesis Collection offers a complete introduction to each literary unit of the book, keeping you focused and helping you conduct more thorough research in a fraction of the time you usually spend hunting through commentaries on your own. You’ll also get an overview of the each passage’s structure, its place within Genesis and within the canon, major issues within the passage, key word studies, and an application to help you make this degree of research relevant for your faith community.

You already know that commentators hold a variety of views on God’s acceptance of Abel’s offering and not Cain’s. With the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection, you’ll get an overview of those opinions, with definitions of original-language words and links to commentaries that explore each standpoint in depth. Take a look at an excerpt:

The Offerings of Cain and Abel

The reason God favored Abel’s offering and not Cain’s remains a matter of debate. Both men brought offerings related to their vocation. Some commentators contend that this passage reflects a preference for blood sacrifice. Others argue that the narrator gives no clues as to God’s preference for one offering over the other. This latter view regards God’s sovereignty and divine election as responsible. Another interpretation, based on Heb 11:4, suggests that God preferred Abel’s offering because Abel demonstrated a righteous motivation in worship where Cain did not. The most common view, however, explains that God rejected Cain’s offering because of its quality. Abel offered the “firstborn” (bekhorah) of his flock (Gen 4:4); Cain failed to offer the “firstfruits” (bikkurim) of his yield (Gen 4:2; compare Exod 23:19).

  • Walter Brueggemann calls God’s preference for Abel’s offering inexplicable and recommends that interpreters resist the temptation to explain what the narrator leaves unexplained. He argues that the freedom of God is the main point.
  • Kenneth A. Mathews contends that a flaw in Cain’s intention prompted God’s rejection. He argues that God rejected the integrity of the giver, not the nature of the offering.
  • John Skinner argues that God’s preference for Abel’s offering reflects a preference for animal offerings over vegetable offerings.
  • Bruce Waltke examines the interpretive options, concluding that God rejected Cain’s offering because Cain did not bring the best of his harvest, revealing that he was not dependent on God.

How much time would you have invested in finding these resources on your own? Why do the work when Logos has already done it for you?

When you purchase the two-volume Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection, Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 1–11 will download immediately. Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 12–50 will download when it is released. Get yours today!

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Stuff a Stocking with Bible Study Magazine!

Tired of giving socks and chocolate for Christmas? Wish you had a stocking stuffer that was a little more meaningful?

This year, why not give the gift of better Bible study with a subscription to Bible Study Magazine? For only $19.95, your friends and family will receive a year’s worth of Bible-study insights from scholars, archaeologists, and Bible teachers.

Here’s what’s included in the Jan.–Feb. ’13 issue:

  • A cover story featuring R. C. Sproul. The founder of Ligonier Ministries came to faith in an unexpected way and through an obscure passage of the Bible.
  • An interview with Jim Liske. The CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries shares how the Bible is transforming lives in prisons, revealing a fascinating approach to discipleship.
  • A new eight-week Bible study on the book of Jude.
  • Engaging, in-depth articles on the Gospel of John, including “Truth beyond the Facts” and “The Ironic, Iconic Messiah.”
  • Bible-Study Stategies for Moms: Sherry Surrat, CEO of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), shares how she makes time for Bible study.

Bible Study Magazine makes a great gift for anyone interested in getting into the Word. And it’s easy to give! Go to BibleStudyMagazine.com  and simply enter the gift-receiver’s shipping address. You’ll even have the option of downloading a Christmas card for a stocking stuffer.

Celebrate Christmas with the gift of better Bible study! Gift Bible Study Magazine now!

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Sometimes Bigger Is Better

Portfolio is the biggest, best library we could build. We pulled out all the stops for Logos 5 to give you a massive library at an incredible price—with huge introductory discounts that expire soon. Here’s a quick introduction to the biggest base package we’ve ever offered.

How big is Portfolio?

Portfolio is much bigger than it was before.

  • You get 2,585 resources—up from 1,650 resources before.
  • You get $78,000 worth of books and content—up from $36,245 before.

It’s also much bigger than any other base package:

  • It has 557 more resources than Diamond
  • It has 1,215 more resources than Platinum
  • It has 1,509 more resources than Gold

Why bigger is better

You might be asking, “Why do I need such a big library?”

Think of it this way: the value of a book by itself (physical or digital) is only in the information it carries. When you link two books together—for example, a link between a citation and the book it cites, or the ability to scroll the Greek text and your English New Testament side by side—you increase the value of each book.

When you start adding more complex links between thousands of books, and then integrate your library with data, smart tools, and a clean, fast interface to access everything, you can see that the books in your library become exponentially more valuable as you increase the total size of your library. (This is called the “Network Effect.”)

With Logos, the books in your library are interconnected. More books means more links between your books, more relevant results in the reports you run—like the Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, Bible Word Study, and more.

That’s why 2,651 resources in Portfolio are more valuable than 2,651 print books.

What’s in Portfolio?

Here’s what’s included:

  • 668 volumes of Bible commentaries
  • 152 volumes on Bible introduction, history, and culture
  • 359 volumes of biblical studies, including 50 volumes of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series
  • 285 theological works, including Calvin, Schaeffer, Aquinas, Owen, Baxter, Pink, and more.
  • 261 volumes on preaching and teaching, including 86 Spurgeon books
  • 113 original-language grammars, lexicons, word studies, and other tools, including BDAG, LSJ, and HALOT
  • Every Greek and Hebrew critical text in our format
  • 40 volumes on exegesis and interpretation
  • All 53 features in Logos, including all the new Logos 5 features

One way many people determine whether they should get a base package is by calculating the value of books or commentary sets they’ve had their eye to see if they can get a better price as part of a base package. In most cases, they can, and you probably can, too.

For example, Portfolio contains the following resources:

You’ll notice that the books above would cost you $5,434 if you bought them separately.

But if you get Portfolio instead, not only will you get all these books—you’ll get almost 2,000 additional resources, all for less than the price of just the books listed above.

Your list of must-have resources might look a little different than the list above, but probably not too different—it still probably includes a few commentaries, some reference works, a lexicon or two, and some theological works. Take a look at the content in Portfolio, make your own list, and then do the math to see what you’ll save by buying or upgrading to Portfolio.

Upgrading from the previous version of Portfolio?

If you own a previous version of Portfolio, you can still take advantage of incredible savings and get a ton of new books.

With an upgrade from the previous version of Portfolio, you’ll get:

  • 1,643 new resources
  • $23,036.51 worth of content if you bought the books separately at regular Logos.com prices, or $49,088.87 worth of content if you bought the books at print list prices.
  • All the new Logos 5 features

When you upgrade, you get all this for $118.23 per month for 18 months. And depending on what you already own, your price could be much lower than this number.

You won’t lose any books you already own, plus you’ll get all the new content, along with the new Logos 5 features.

18-month payment plan

Are you on a book budget? Our interest-free payment plans are designed for you. By extending the payment plan from 12 to 18 months, we’re making it easier for you to use the monthly book budget provided by your church to pay for Portfolio. Payment plans are interest-free, but we do ask for a $5 processing fee to cover additional accounting and administration expenses.

Head on over to the comparison chart to see what’s in Portfolio, and to see your customized discount price.

Don’t miss the limited-time introductory discount

For just a little while longer, you can get Portfolio at an introductory discount, but this discount won’t last forever. If you’re thinking about buying or upgrading to Portfolio, it’s important that you do so soon.

In addition to the launch discounts, you’ll get an additional discount for any content you already own—even for books you may have bought 20 years ago. If you’ve been a Logos customer for awhile and you’ve been acquiring books over the years, you may be surprised at how low your price for Portfolio might be.

The main thing you need to know is that this price will be going up soon. Head on over to the upgrade page to see everything you will get and your personalized discount price.

Don’t Wait! Upgrade to Logos 5 Now

There’s no question that the best way to get tons of new Logos content at the best possible price is with a base package.  Upgrading your base package gives you new content and Logos 5′s powerful, fast new features1.

Here’s what you get when you upgrade:

The Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator

Upgrade to Logos 5 right now and take advantage of the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator, which credits you for the content you already own. That’s right! You aren’t going to pay for the same book twice. This doesn’t just count for previous base packages—the upgrader is also taking into account other resources you may have added to your Logos library, even if you don’t own a base package.

Move to Logos 5 and Save at Least 15%

On top of your custom discount, throughout the launch period you can take at least 15% off your upgrade to Logos 5. Depending on the package you’re upgrading to, you’ll get 15–25% off! When you combine the custom discount with the launch sale and pay with an interest-free payment plan, you have the best scenario for moving to Logos 5. Hurry though—this special promotional pricing is only available for a limited time. Visit Logos.com/Upgrade to see your upgrade discounts now!

The Features and Content You Need

We didn’t just tweak our existing base packages, we went back to the drawing board to put together the most powerful Bible-study resources possible. Rebuilt from the ground up, Logos 5 gives you significant value and content, including Bible translations, reverse interlinears, commentary sets, reference material, preaching and ministry resources, and so much more. There’s an amazing amount of new content in our base packages—check out the comparison page to see for yourself.

But Logos 5 isn’t about just theological ebooks. What makes Logos 5 pop is combining your vast Bible-study library with Logos 5′s cutting-edge features. Put features like the Timeline, Clause Search, Bible Facts, Sermon Starter and Topic Guides, and Bible Sense Lexicon to work for you, and you’ll soon find yourself immersed in profound Bible study.

Don’t Wait. Upgrade Now!

You have absolutely nothing to lose when you upgrade now. Every resource you own will come with you when you move to Logos 5, and you’ll never pay for the same book twice. If you recently purchased books, and want to upgrade today, you won’t lose any of the content you’ve purchased. Instead, you’ll get a significant amount of new content for pennies on the dollar.

Right now, we’re offering discounts on all upgrades. Visit the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator to see your best price and upgrade now!

  1. Starter equips you with many of the core datasets, Bronze gives you the majority of the datasets and features, Silver give you everything except for the Bible Senses dataset, and Gold and above give you everything. []

Save 12% on 12 Items for 12-12-12!

It’s December 12, 2012, and a date like 12-12-12 is pretty rare—we wanted to acknowledge the occasion with a special sale.

Today you can save 12% on 12 special products. We hand-picked books where the number 12 was significant in either the title or the number of volumes. Enter the coupon code 12 today and you can save on:

  1. The Works of Thomas Goodwin (12 vols.) only $175.96
  2. Reading the New Testament Commentary (12 vols.) now $184.76
  3. Crossway D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Collection (12 vols.) today $149.56
  4. Christian Focus Preaching and Worship Collection (12 vols.) yours for $149.56
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  8. The Works of John Wycliffe (12 vols.) now $87.96
  9. Handbook to Spiritual Growth: Twelve Facets of the Spiritual Life by Kenneth Boa,  today $22.00
  10. Twelve Ordinary Men by John F. MacArthur, yours for $20.23
  11. Twelve Extraordinary Women by John F. MacArthur, regularly $17.95—get it for $15.80
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Take 12% off these titles with coupon code 12 today only, or get them all for around $1,200 (actually $1,197.28, but we were pretty surprised by how close it came)!

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Halfway There: Six More Amazing Deals Left!

12 Days of Logos

We’ve reached the halfway mark, but don’t worry—there are still plenty of deals left to unwrap!

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Logos brings you the Tyndale Commentaries at 17% off! This massive 49-volume collection is designed to help you understand what the text says and how it says it. The introduction to each biblical book gives a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date, original setting, and purpose. Following a structural analysis, the commentary draws out the book’s themes section by section and comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional notes discuss particular difficulties in detail. The aim throughout is to clearly explain the Bible’s true meaning.

Tyndale CommentariesWith Logos Bible Software, you can search the entire 49-volume series for any verse or topic. Your titles automatically integrate into custom search reports, passage guides, exegetical guides, and more.

This superb resource is only $185.95 with the 12 Days of Logos sale! That’s less than $4 per book. Explore your favorite biblical stories in greater depth, understand difficult passages, learn new things, and more—visit the 12 Days of Logos page to learn more about this remarkable series!

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Why Jesus’ Genealogy Matters

Today’s post continues Logos Talk’s Christmas Bible study. Check back throughout December for more ways to study the birth of Jesus!

Biblical genealogies can be boring. So when I begin reading Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus in Chapter 1, it’s easy to skip right over the first 17 verses and miss their significance. But with Logos 5, every passage of Scripture—even genealogies—is an opportunity to explore connections between people, places, and events, and uncover the truths they contain.

Since I’m already in Matthew 1, I don’t even need to leave my Bible to start exploring. I simply right-click on the word “Jesus”, select Person, and choose the new Bible Facts tool which opens in a new panel.

Matthew’s long list of names is now a visual guide for exploring the rich story of Jesus’ heritage throughout the Old Testament. Just clicking on any name lets me learn about each person and their significance in biblical history—from Boaz’s redemption of Ruth (Ruth 4:1–12) to Hezekiah’s cleansing of the Temple (2 Ch. 28:3–19).

I can also get a quick visual overview of these significant people and events using the new Timeline view in Bible Facts. I just click on one of the primary events listed for any person—say, Abraham. Now I am presented with an interactive timeline of the events that led up to Jesus’ birth.

So in just a few minutes, I am able to reacquaint myself with the story of the Old Testament—a story that Matthew’s readers would’ve been very familiar with.

By using the Bible Facts tool, I quickly begin to see that this genealogy is not merely a list of names—it’s a reminder of the Old Testament story. By going all the way back to Abraham, Matthew is stringing together God’s great work of redemption as the context for Jesus’ birth. The arrival of the Messiah, the “son of David” and “son of Abraham,” is what all biblical history has been leading up to.

And this just scratches the surface of what I can learn about Matthew 1:1–17 with the Bible Facts tool alone. If I wanted to explore further, I could answer questions such as:

  • How do God’s covenants with Abraham and David relate to Jesus’ birth?
  • Why does Matthew begin his genealogy with Abraham, whereas Luke begins with Adam?

With the Bible Facts tool, biblical genealogies are more than just names—they’re stories.

You’ll find all the tools we used today in Logos 5 Starter and higher. If you haven’t already, upgrade to Logos 5 and join us as we continue our Christmas Bible study.

Logos 5: See the Names and Titles of God in Bible Facts

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

I’ve been asked several times about an effective way to locate all the names, titles, or designations of God or Jesus or the Holy Spirit. I’m very pleased to tell you that, in Logos 5, that task is much easier. Try this suggestion (keeping in mind that this feature does not appear in all Logos base packages):

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  • Choose Tools | Bible Facts.
  • Type the word God in the reference box. (A)
  • Select God from the drop down list, or if it’s already selected, just press the Enter key to generate the report.
  • Wait patiently just a few seconds—this is an extensive search.
  • Note in the sidebar a section called REFERRED TO AS. (B)
  • Scroll through this section, taking note of the various names, titles, etc., of God used throughout the Bible!

After enjoying this list of verses, type Jesus or Holy Spirit in the box to see their designations as well.

A big thank-you goes out to the content innovation team at Logos, who manually and painstakingly tagged the Bible with all this data!

If you were a Logos 4 user and recently upgraded to Logos 5, check out all the new features in the What’s New Training Manual from MP Seminars.

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Knox DMin—Study & Preach the Bible as a Whole

On the first day of Dr. Haddon Robinson’s DMin in Preaching and Teaching class, the first thing his students expected was a syllabus. What they got was a question. Dr. Robinson opened the Bible and asked, “What’s the big idea?”

Dr. Robinson’s question treats Scripture as one cohesive story, and so does the DMin overall. You’ll learn to see Christ in the Old Testament, even if you’re not expecting to—in the OT’s third-day motifs, for example, which point to the Resurrection. You’ll learn the literary techniques you need to follow the Bible’s patterns as they come together in one grand narrative. You’ll learn to read any given verse not as a stand-alone text but as one instance of a much larger story.

For these three DMin students, the education has been transformative:

Win the $18,000 John Piper Scholarship

If you’ve ever thought about studying the Bible at the highest academic level, you owe it to yourself to check out the DMin’s comprehensive John Piper Scholarship. You’ll get:

  • A world-class biblical education and a terminal degree
  • Logos 5’s enormous, smart Portfolio base package
  • $1,000 in Logos credit for additional books
  • Our academic discount, which multiplies that $1,000’s value

And because you’ll do almost all your studying from home, you won’t have to give up your current priorities as you earn your doctorate—free.

The entry deadline is December 31. Enter to win the John Piper Scholarship now!

7 Biblical Facts about the Angel Gabriel

Today’s post continues Logos Talk’s Christmas Bible study. Check back throughout December for more ways to study the birth of Jesus!

The angel Gabriel is one of the prominent characters in the Nativity narrative. He’s remembered as the angel who told Mary she would give birth to the Son of God. But what else can we know about him from the Bible?

A quick check in Logos 5’s Bible Facts tool makes it easy to find out: I just look through the related verses and browse the Bible dictionaries the tool fetches for me.

  1. Gabriel is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments. He’s known for bearing good news of Jesus’ coming birth, but his first biblical appearance is in Daniel 8:16, when he is told to explain a vision to the prophet.
  2. Gabriel stands in the presence of God. This is how he describes himself to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:19). The Greek word for “stands” is paristánō, which means to wait before a superior. The Septuagint uses this word to describe how Joshua served Moses and how David assisted King Saul.
  3. Gabriel is one of only two angels explicitly named in the Protestant Bible. The other is Michael, a warrior archangel.
  4. The Bible doesn’t call Gabriel the “archangel.” The Book of Tobit (of Catholic and Orthodox canon) identifies the angels who stand in the presence of God as archangels, and so Gabriel has been called an archangel by tradition.
  5. Gabriel looks like a man (but see #6). The name Gabriel means “man of God” or “strength of God.” The second time Daniel encounters Gabriel (Daniel 9:21), he describes Gabriel as a “man [. . .] seen in the vision previously.” We don’t get any more details on Gabriel’s looks. Perhaps that’s because his messages are always so important.
  6. Gabriel scares people. When Daniel meets Gabriel, he is frightened and falls on his face. When Gabriel greets Zacharias, his first words are, “Do not be afraid.” Mary’s greeting is more celebratory, but Gabriel still follows up by telling her not to fear.
  7. Gabriel anticipates Jesus. Gabriel relays a prophecy concerning “Messiah the Prince” to Daniel. He tells Zacharias that John the Baptist will be a forerunner before the Lord. And most famously, he tells Mary that her son will be called “the Son of the Most High.”

All this information and more is only seconds away when I’m using the Bible Facts tool in Logos 5. You can use it to dig up facts on the other people involved in the story of Christ’s birth: Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, the Wise Men, the shepherds, take your pick!

You’ll find all the tools we used today in Logos 5 Starter and higher. If you haven’t already, upgrade to Logos 5 and join us as we continue our Christmas Bible study.